If you have to put your hand into the vagina, and then through the cervix of the ewe into the uterus to sort out a lambing problem, try this to make it easier:
Foot scald and footrot become much more common during prolonged spells of wet weather and they are not easy to deal with.
The day you are offered an orphan lamb or kid to rear for school pet day - you have to be very hard hearted.
Sheep are seasonal breeders and ewes are stimulated to cycle by the declining daylight pattern in Autumn.
New Zealand is well advanced in slaughter practices in all meat works, where cattle, sheep, goats and pigs are electrically stunned before their throats are cut severing the carotid arteries.
When considering the state of health of a sheep, it's a great help to know its liveweight.
Every year, usually after the holidays in February and sometimes later, the owner of a lifestyle block with a small flock of sheep will realise that it’s that time of the year again.
A few hours before lambing, a ewe will move away from the main flock to find a quiet birth site.
Sheep have generally very good vision. The position of the eye allows for wide peripheral vision – with each eye they can span some 145° with each eye.
Maybe a good time for small farmers to start thinking about more sheep.
Mating hoggets can be quite profitable if done properly, but it has severe pitfalls which have be taken care off.
Saving lambs this spring is all about being well prepared, having the right gear and knowing when to offer or seek help.
Occupational Safety and Health Service (OSH) now recommends that sheep are fasted prior to shearing